Haileybury Youth Trust
Haileybury Youth Trust (HYT) is an award-winning charity that trains young people in climate-friendly construction, and building schools, homes and water tanks.
For the last two years, in both October 2022 and 2023, three Year 13 students and a member of staff were given the unique opportunity to visit Uganda to see the life changing work that HYT undertake, in rural Uganda and the settlement areas in Northern Uganda.
This gave them the opportunity to experience the beauty of Uganda but also the conditions in which education is undertaken. They witnessed first-hand the work HYT has and continues to undertake, transforming whole communities and the value that they have for education.
Working with some of Africa’s most marginalised people, HYT uses a sustainable compressed earth block, the Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block, to transform communities and refugee settlements.
HYT is East Africa’s leading advocate of a sustainable approach to building and vocational training.
Not only were the students able to experience a wide range of communities and environments, they were also able to meet the very welcoming Ugandan people. Uganda is a very green country that lies directly on the equator allowing them to grow a wide variety of crops. It is also home to many wild animals and is known as the “Pearl of Africa”.
As a part of the experience, students and staff went on Safari to see hippos, lions, giraffes, elephants, and many more animals. They took a cruise on the River Nile, which included spending time at the breath-taking Murchison Falls.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that future Haileybury Sixth Formers will be able to take. Our photographs reflect the experiences of students, including a water tank with the HT logo, which is a direct result of our fundraising efforts.